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"Its pretty prevalent to have an increase in ticks when there's not been a strong freeze or really cold snap", says Holly Myers, environmental health director for the Yakima Health District.

Protect: To protect yourself from tick bites, avoid tick-prone areas, but if you are going to be in those areas use a tick repellent that has 20 percent DEET, picardin, IR3535 or lemon eucalyptus. If you do find one attached, use tweezers to remove it. Do not use alcohol, matches, liquid soap or petroleum jelly to remove a tick. You can also poor a little rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol, just keep in mind to label correctly and place in a safe place to prevent kids from getting to it. Dispose of the tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag or container, wrapping it tightly in tape or flushing it down the toilet. Many cases of tick-borne disease begin with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headache and body aches. Contact your healthcare provider if symptoms occur.

The lone star tick and the American dog tick are the most common species found in the state.

Officials with the Department of Public Health and Human Services said in a recent press release the best way to prevent tick-borne disease is to prevent tick bites. Out of these two, the black-legged tick is known for transmitting most of the diseases in humans that includes the deadly Lyme disease. It can also cause some people to develop an allergy to red meat. On the other hand, the American dog tick transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever in humans.

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So, what's behind the increase in Lyme Disease?

The book also delves into the controversies surrounding the diagnosis of Lyme Disease and whether the thousands of people who show symptoms of Lyme are suffering from chronic Lyme Disease - something many reputable medical professionals discount.

In 2016, Kentucky had 16 confirmed cases of Lyme disease, and 17 probable cases, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although most are easily treated with antibiotics, these diseases can be hard for physicians to diagnose.

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